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Philippine police: 4 wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders arrested

Apr. 16, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police on Tuesday arrested four women they said were wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders who took care of their financial transactions, helped procure guns and bomb parts and arranged the travels of foreign militants to the country. The women were arrested in raids on...

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

Apr. 14, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said Sunday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said the...

Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

Apr. 12, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes as they pressed an offensive in a southern province where the extremists have been blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral, the military said Friday. The 12 militants were killed in four separate...

3 hostages escape Muslim militants in Philippines, 1 drowns

Apr. 6, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three hostages held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines have made a daring escape that left one drowned, another shot in the back in critical condition and another safe after swimming to his freedom, officials said. The two Indonesians and one Malaysian separately...

Mahathir: China should define claims in South China Sea

Mar. 7, 2019 7:09 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that China should define its "so-called ownership" in the disputed South China Sea so other claimant countries can start to gain benefits from the resource-rich waters. Mahathir stressed the importance of freedom of...

Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

Feb. 22, 2019 7:26 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions. President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name Moro...

Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

Feb. 21, 2019 8:52 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign training. Not much is known about Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, but the attacks attributed to him heralding his rise are distinctly...